Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and commitment to serving those in need.
The CRS Zambia program office opened in September 1999, following an extensive and participatory assessment in collaboration with the Zambian Catholic Commission for Development (CCD). Programming has transitioned from its early stages augmenting CRS private resources with outside public funding. Opportunities abound in Zambia for quality programming that meets the needs of the poorest in a country where the vast majority (80%) lives below the poverty line and approximately 14% are HIV positive. The overall programming focus of CRS Zambia is HIV and Food Security.
Through the Faith-Based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for the Epidemic Response (FASTER) project, CRS plans to catalyze a game-changing enabling environment and create operational guidance, tools, training, and practical evidence that will allow provinces, districts and sites with high unmet need to address key gaps in the child and adolescent HIV treatment cascade. FASTER is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to accelerate pediatric ART in four African countries. To accelerate efforts to end pediatric HIV in Zambia, CRS will address structural and policy barriers, innovate, and facilitate scale-up of what works. FASTER will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH), national technical working groups, and other pediatric implementers nationwide.
The MEAL Officer is responsible for providing guidance on FASTER’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) strategy and ensure compliance and alignment with CRS MEAL policies, donor requirements and industry best practices. The MEAL Officer shall implement and manage an integrated, user-friendly and robust MEAL system that promotes efficient capture and management of high-quality data related to project activities and provides timely and relevant information for reporting to donors.
This MEAL Officer Position will ensure that FASTER is being executed according to stipulated guidelines while encouraging quality reporting and capacity strengthening of partners and beneficiaries. S/he must analyze systems on the ground and determine the best way to achieve goals and objectives and track progress. S/he must be well versed in the development of monitoring tools and must also capacitate team members in tool development. S/he will analyze the quality of data provided and ensure that the MEAL system fully captures what is happening on the ground, recognizing the importance of providing donors will accurate data and feedback on program activities. The MEAL Officer will assist in change management and encourage partners to document their success stories.
Travel Required: 50%
Key Working Relationships
Internal: MEAL Coordinator, FASTER Project Director, FASTER Project Officers, Head of Programs, CRS Zambia MEAL Working Group, Regional and HQ MEAL managers and technical advisors
External: Partner project managers, Partner field officers, partner M&E officers
Agency-wide Competencies: These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Equal Opportunity Employer
How to Apply
Applicants Instructions: Please email a cover letter, and curriculum vitae which should include three references to the email below: Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.